No more than 30 minutes from Paddington station is the 10 room, newly refurbished Hurley House Hotel. With the prestigious stamp that comes with a Mr and Mrs Smith listing and a Michelin star chef at the helm of the kitchen, the little Maidenhead resident is a magnet for urbanites looking for an easy countryside break (without compromising on a WiFi connection).
What struck me the most during the weekend stay was the attention to detail and incredible hospitality shown to all of the guests. From the luxurious wool throws on every arm chair in the room, to the thoughtful selection of classic literature, the hotel was a celebration of British homeliness. If we ever had any concept of hygge, this is where you’d find it.
The open plan bar is the heartbeat of Hurley House, where the numerous cozy nooks makes the space feel like a private living room. We sampled the hummus and mackerel pots, which were more-ish snacks resembling terrarium jars and served with savoury, crumbly crackers. The dinner menu was a highlight of the stay, with classic staples like duck liver parfait (£10) and smoked salmon that is smoked in-house (£10), a dish I’d highly recommend. The mains are meat heavy, perfect for someone like me – I opted for the succulent Wiltshire lamb rump, cooked two ways. And although vegetarian options are limited, the kitchen was happy to create something off-menu, which is a testament to the quality of the service throughout the entire hotel.
Breakfast was no exception to the high standards set the night before. A variety of egg dishes were on the menu with a table brimming with continental offerings. The baked eggs with chorizo and plum tomatoes (£9) were worth the wait and Instagrammers will find comfort in the avocado toast (£13).
As for our room, I cannot help but mention the bathroom. A free standing deep bath tub accessorised with Floris amenities, an hour in solitude there was a mini spa experience in itself. Speaking of spas, Hurley House offers massages, manicures and facials, using products from Valmont and non-toxic, cruelty free Pure nail polishes. Book in advance to avoid disappointment, there’s only one therapist!